http://tonebone.com/tbone-trimode.htm <-if anyone else wants to check out what i'm talking about.
as far as what distortion i'm looking for....the key word is flexability, you're talking about someone who listens to alice in chains, led zeppelin, pink floyd, nirvana, fishbone, funkadelic, primus, eddie hazel, the beatles, system of a down, blue meanies, charlie hunter, gwar, green day, bad religion, clutch, eels. so yeah....what i play lays somewhere between that and i'd like something diverse enough to hit a good bit of it, but not as time-consumingly complicated as a pedal board* and nothing that's sampled like a pod or other amp simulator (i, personally, can hear a difference unless it's used as a direct box with recording).
*i've literally spent over an hour in one sitting tweaking my current pedal just to make the tone match flawlessly with the clean tone on my amp and then making it stand out properly.
okay...my post is done...goodbye.